Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court (Ret.)

Professional Malpractice

Representative Cases

Judge Collins has presided over trial, litigation and/or settled numerous medical and dental malpractice, legal malpractice, architect malpractice, accountant malpractice and construction defect cases.

Medical and Dental:   

Alleged missed compartment syndrome resulting in amputation;

Sponge left in patient;

Wrongful life where tubal ligation not effective;

Failed breast reconstruction of cancer patient; 

Patients who fell from beds and chairs; 

Defective dental crowns; 

Defective breast implants; 

Improper liposuction; 

Defective penile implants;

Various failures to diagnose; 

Wrongful death arising from escape from mental facility.

Legal Malpractice:

Judge Collins has also presided over and/or settled numerous legal malpractice actions involving failure to hire proper experts, investigate claims, and file appropriate motions.  Specific subject matters include professional services re tax shelters, probate matters, real estate investment.

Architect Malpractice:

Judge Collins’ trial experience includes claims of architect malpractice involving allegations that plans did not properly anticipate grading and included oversized windows resulting in excessive heat.

Construction Defect:

Judge Collins has also handled dozens of high end residential construction defect matters including roofs, windows, foundations, paint, plumbing, tile, and audio visual, utility cables, among others.

 Commercial projects include defective water well drilling.

Hon. Patricia L. Collins